The federal government has committed over $600,000 to the Centre d’expertise Marie-Vincent in MontrÈal to help strengthen the knowledge base of Aboriginal service providers so they can better address the issue of the sexual assault of girls. Funding was announced late January by Rob Nicholson, minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. In total, $630,074, with $380,074 from Status of Women Canada and $250,000 from the Department of Justice, was committed. “We are proud to support projects like these that help children and families who have been victims of sexual abuse,” said Rona Ambrose, minister of Public Works and Government Services and minister for Status of Women, in a news release. In total, the centre will receive $1.2 million over three to undertake projects that will serve victims of sexual abuse.